10 Must See Films

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1. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

9.2
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100 Metascore

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,311,221 | Gross: $134.97M

Arguably the greatest film of all-time. Coppola did everything right in this movie. No movie that I have ever seen pays more attention to detail than does the Godfather. The cannolis, the train in the background during the Italian restaurant scene, the clothing, and every other single element. Each character is a study, and watching the growth of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) is profound.

2. On the Waterfront (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.2
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88 Metascore

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger

Votes: 115,094 | Gross: $9.60M

My favorite film of all-time. A down and outter who, against all odds and advice from friends, stands up to the crooked and powerful union busters who strive to get rich at the expense of the poor during the Great Depression. There never has been a scene, and there never will be a scene, as good as the taxi cab scene.

"You don't understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it. It was you, Charley."

3. Heaven Can Wait (1978)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

6.9
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72 Metascore

A Los Angeles Rams quarterback, accidentally taken away from his body by an overanxious angel before he was meant to die, returns to life in the body of a recently murdered millionaire.

Directors: Warren Beatty, Buck Henry | Stars: Warren Beatty, James Mason, Julie Christie, Jack Warden

Votes: 15,654 | Gross: $81.64M

Warren Beatty is phenomenal. This is a comedy, drama, and romance all in one. I haven't been more positively surprised by a movie than this one. Highly underrated.

4. Witness (1985)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.4
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76 Metascore

A young Amish boy is sole witness to a murder; policeman John Book goes into hiding in Amish country to protect him until the trial.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Lukas Haas, Josef Sommer

Votes: 73,114 | Gross: $68.71M

Maybe the most underrated film ever. Lots of lessons to learn from this movie. I never miss an opportunity to re-watch it.

"4:30, time for milking."

5. Blazing Saddles (1974)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Western

7.8
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73 Metascore

In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black Sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman

Votes: 107,708 | Gross: $119.50M

If you take your eyes off the screen for just a second, you'll miss a joke. The entire screenplay is mangled with them. The best comedy film of all-time. If you were offended by the racial slurs in Django Unchained, Blazing Saddles is triple offensive. The jail cell scene with Gene Wilder and the new sheriff is some of the best comedy ever written.

6. Pulp Fiction (1994)

R | 154 min | Crime, Drama

8.9
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94 Metascore

The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis

Votes: 1,498,872 | Gross: $107.93M

Introducing: Quentin Tarantino. Dialogue driven. An intense and intelligent action-packed movie and one of my favorites. Tarantino will likely never be able to make a movie better than this one.

7. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

PG-13 | 164 min | Western

8.5
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80 Metascore

A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 246,766 | Gross: $5.32M

I'm an avid fan of the western genre and have scene every noteworthy western film. This film tops the genre. When discussion of the greatest opening scenes of a movie come up, Once Upon A Time in the West should never be left out because, well, its the greatest opening scene of a movie ever.

8. Taxi Driver (1976)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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93 Metascore

A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action, while attempting to liberate a twelve-year-old prostitute.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Albert Brooks

Votes: 580,222 | Gross: $28.26M

The film that made Robert De Niro a star. Violent, shocking, and exciting. The final scene is of the most famous scenes to date, as it should be. This movie is a blueprint for all other character study films that precede it. You'll hardly recognize 12 year old Jodie Foster in her role as a prostitute.

9. The Deer Hunter (1978)

R | 183 min | Drama, War

8.2
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81 Metascore

An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage

Votes: 261,539 | Gross: $48.98M

The best Vietnam-era war film. Christopher Walken, as well as the film and its director, Won an Oscar. The Russian roulette scenes, the final one in particular, are remarkable. Christopher Walken's best film.

10. Dumb and Dumber (1994)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy

7.3
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41 Metascore

The cross-country adventures of two good-hearted but incredibly stupid friends.

Directors: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly | Stars: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly, Mike Starr

Votes: 312,728 | Gross: $127.18M

I haven't met one person who doesn't absolutely love this movie. Most people have memorized the script word for word.